Rochelle Standen, Lance Taylor, John Lynskey

Rākau means “tree, wood or stick, as well as ‘forest’ so it ties the names of our senior school learning spaces, Totara, Tī Kōuka and Kōwhai, together to make a forest.  Our other two syndicate names also relate to Rakau, and these are Mānuka (a small tree common in NZ), and Harakeke (which means flax).

Rākau is a collaborative learning environment that comprises all of the Year 5,6,7 & 8 students.   The teaching team includes Rochelle Standen ( Kōwhai), Lance Taylor (Totara) and John Lynskey (Tī Kōuka). As well as Tracey Page,  Jean Foster & Kylie Dyer who support our children as teacher aides.

We all love learning for life and are keen to be ‘better than before’ every day, in everything that we do at school. This is vital to who we are, to how we relate to others and interact with people, to how we learn to show care, compassion and empathy to others each and every day.

​We  are very conscious of the REACH values






and our school vision of “Better Together, Mahi Tahi”.

Children will be working across the year levels with a variety of teachers and aides according to their specific needs. This will be particularly true in numeracy and literacy where we utilise the skills and experience of all staff to give students the best learning for their stage.

We embrace digital learning and all children have their own Google accounts which they access a lot of tools to support their learning.

Communication is highly important and  if you need to contact us then please email us on:

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